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'Right of reply is in the Constitution,' Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes says on Twitter

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It's in the Constitution. 

On Friday afternoon, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. posted this message on his Twitter account after groups opposed a new rule that required media outfits to seek prior notice before interviewing candidates for the May 2013 elections. 

Brillantes posted six tweets to explain Comelec Resolution No. 9615 after groups such as the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) sought to revoke it. The resolution covers implementing rules and regulations of the Fair Election Act. 

 

Candidates' right to reply is constitutional, Comelec Chair says

Storified by Interaksyon· Thu, Jan 24 2013 21:55:06

The right to reply is not COMELEC's invention. It is in the Constitution!Sixto Brillantes Jr.
Under Art. IX-C Sec. 4 of the Constitution, it is COMELEC's duty to “ensure” that candidates are afforded “the right to reply”.Sixto Brillantes Jr.
Thus, to say that the right to reply is "unconstitutional” is akin to saying that the constitution is unconstitutional—which is absurd.Sixto Brillantes Jr.
The right to reply is merely intended to ensure balanced reporting & fairness in the discussion of issues relating to candidates.Sixto Brillantes Jr.
It is like requiring due process in reporting—which should really be afforded to everyone w/ or w/out the right to reply provision.Sixto Brillantes Jr.
The right to reply provision should not be feared by those who are already practicing balanced reporting.Sixto Brillantes Jr.

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